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Francis Goes to the Races 1951
Description: In this funny sequel to the famous Francis the Talking Mule, the talkative Mule and his pal Peter receive a job working on a horse-breeder's ranch. They end up saving it from financial crash when Francis, who has the inside track with the racehorses, provides Peter with names of the winners before the races are run. Sure enough Peter finds himself with a fistful of money and uses it to purchase a racehorse for the farm. Unfortunately, the horse he chooses is suffering from a debilitating lack of confidence. When not dealing with the mare, Peter finds time to court the horse breeder's niece and trying to avoid the gangsters who wish in on the winnings.
Released: 01 May 1951 Director: Arthur Lubin Writers: Robert Arthur (story), Oscar Brodney (screenplay), David Stern (characters), David Stern (screenplay) Actors: Donald O'Connor, Piper Laurie, Cecil Kellaway, Jesse White Genres: Comedy, Fantasy
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I have to accept with JoeKarlosi on this: This second installment of the Francis series is inferior to the already ordinary first installment. While the movie does have its moments, they are far too several and far between.The first movie was more interesting as the whole movie presents the curiously absurb encounter of Peter Stirling's with Francis the Talking Mule. The plot also pays more attention to the progress of their friendship which makes the movie more heartfelt.Here in its sequel, there are less laughs and the storyline just drags on and on until it ends conveniently with a related conclusion in the first film. Donald O'Connor, who plays the central hero Peter Stirling, was given almost nothing to work on here. Even more dreadful is the fact that Francis, the game character, was delegated to a helping role here. Not that Francis enjoyed a lot of screen time in the first film, but he appeared in all the key scenes and his role was crucial to the plot. Here, his screen time was slash down to a quarter of the film's running time and his role was not even substantial to the plot: He was merely tagging along.My disappointment not withstanding, I did not regret watching the sequel as I enjoyed the first movie very much and would like to see how the friendship of the 2 main characters would progress in the next film. I would still watch the rest of the series as this movie wasn't so terrible as to spoil the first movie for me.P.S. My rating for the first Francis film is 7 out of 10.


This film: the second in a series of 7 "Frances " films, follows the general formula established in the first film. Thus, Francis supports receive Don out of a jam a number of times by giving tip or notification not accessible to others. For about half the film, Francis won't talk to anyone except Don. Then, he will talk a tiny to a confident, soon to an authority figure, and finally to a entire room of authority figures, in order to save Don from being labeled a crackpot. At least, in this film, Don isn't sent to a psycho ward, as happened once or multiple times in the another 3 movies in this series I have seen. At one point, Francis even gets drunk enough to pass out, breaking the necks of beer bottles by kicking them while Don is holding them! While walking down a country street after Don was fired from his bank teller job, Frances spots a horse which is a distant relative, and they become friends. The owner invites Don to stay a while, after he(actually Francis) diagnosed the ailment of a horse. The granddaughter(Piper Laurie) is called Frances, and sometimes there is confusion about which Frances(is)? is being talked about.Don is sent with $25,000. to purchase a horse, but he buys the wrong horse. Thus, he needs to receive $25,000.to pay Frances back. Francis says him which horse to bet on for 7 races the next day, and he wins his $25,000. However, a bookie and his goons keep Don because he won't say the source of his information. They expect him to call the champion in 7 races the next day but, without Francis to consult, he guesses wrong for all. The bookie loses $200,000. and is livid. Different folks sneak into Francis's stall at night to test to receive him to talk. At first, he won't talk, except a tiny to the Travers owners. Don and Francis have further problem with the bookie bunch and they even shoot Francis, but not fatally. Francis tells they will have to work with the horse they have. Her only trouble is she needs a shot of confidence to victory the $100,000. handicap race.I rate this movie as somewhat more interesting than the first film, but definitely not as nice as "Frances joins the WACs" or "Frances Covers the Large Town".Piper and Don had costarred the previous year in "Milkman"


This film progresses more organically than any of the another Francis movies, i.e. the plot doesn't seem forced.Francis Goes to the Races begins with the mule talking to a crowd of stunned and indignant people, essentially, ending Peter Sterling's job and putting the two on the street again. It is a dynamic used often in this series: Peter gets himself deeper and deeper into problem until the only thing that can receive him out of it is a long diatribe from his mule. Beginning with it is type of clever.It is essential that the viewer understand the science behind the movie: Mules can talk to horses. You wouldn't think so, but apparently, since they look so much alike, they also speak the same language. You also need to remember that Francis' nice aunt was a Derby winner. The two stop at a horse farm on the street and Francis meets a relative. He decides to stay at the farm and allow Peter take a stab at life without a talking mule to mess things up.Anyone who watches these films is aware that Peter Sterling is the piston that isn't firing in that particular dyad; and, it isn't long until he gets himself in trouble. And, it isn't long until Francis bails him out. There's a cute girl, also. And, gangsters… This film doesn't surpass Francis Joins the WACS in quality, however, it is a fun movie.



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